What is a rainmaker.... when it's not actually a rainmaker? This puzzle and many others were solved during my two workshops at Herne Hill Kids' Lit Fest in South London. 

Stepping Into Stories was a six-day festival of poetry, perfomance, writing and illustration that brought together leading lights in children's literature.  It was the result of an unique collaboration between the Herne Hill Forum, CWISL (Children's Writers and Illustrators for Stories and Literacy), and Tales on Moon Lane children's bookshop. 

Oh, and that rainmaker? It could be anything, if you put your mind to it: a wand. A staff. Something magical. Something evil.  And then create a story around it - which is exactly what we did.